Hong G. Im, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Professor of Mechanical Engineering​​


Research Interests

Hong Im’s research interests are primarily fundamental and practical aspects of combustion and power generation devices using high-fidelity computational modeling.  Recent research topics include ignition/extinction, unsteady flame phenomena, DNS/LES of turbulent reacting flows, nonpremixed edge-flame dynamics, modeling of homogeneous charge compression ignition engines, modelling of sooting flames, and micro-scale power generation.

Selected Publications


  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, 1994
  • M. S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 1988
  • B. S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 1986

Professional Profile

  • 2013 – present: Professor, CCRC, KAUST
  • 2000 – present: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 1996 – 1999: Postdoctoral Researcher, Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA.
  • 1994 – 1996: Research Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • 2007 - present: AIAA, Technical Committee, Propellant and Combustion
  • 2008 - present: Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • 2008 - present: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Combustion
  • Membership: The Combustion Institute, AIAA, ASME, SAE, SIAM, KSEA.


  • ​​2012: ASME, Fellow
  • 2009: AIAA, Associate Fellow
  • 2004: SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
  • 2004: Faculty Development Fund, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
  • 2002: National Science Foundation, CAREER Award
  • 1990: Grumman Graduate Prize, Princeton University

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Fuels and combustion Numerical analysis Fluid mechanics High fidelity simulation of reacting flows Computational fluid dynamics Combustion Modeling